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for israel to stop air strikes and hamas to stop rocket attacks. if that holds for 24 hours, they will talk about border contrs on gaza, and promise no more targeting of hamas leaders. israeli ground troops are mobilized, if there are attacks >> now, i realize that there are citizens who expect a harder military action, and we may very well need to do that. but at the present, the right thing for the state of israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. >> reporter: aides say president obama left a summit monday night to call on egypt's president morsi. he then took a call from morsi at 2:30 in the morning, calling again while flying home from cambodia monday night. and in separate calls to netanyahu, mr. obama pressured each to accept, while promising more money for iron dome and other missile defense programs clinton sealed the deal, next went to jerusalem and finally cairo. for final talks with egypt's leaders. nbc's jim maceda has more. >> reporter: morsi, the former muslim brotherhood leader has boosted his credibility with u.s. and israel, and has become a
, israel appears to have exceptionally good intelligence about hamas and today was able to target individual militants in their homes, but they're also killing anyone who happens to be around them. this was a three-story house of hamas militants. israel says it's using precision strikes against gaza. >> there were eight people in this house when they were attacked and they have already pulled out three bodies. there was total panic as rescue cr crews gasans feel that israel what no regard for life. israel warned gazans to stay away from all hamas locations. this man lived next to a hamas police station. now he doesn't have a home. we can expect anything from israelis. mourners for another hamas militant targeted today, witnesses showed up with the shell that killed the young militants. they say it was fired from an israeli ship. and warships fired more rounds. but that volley didn't stop the funeral. more about expressing defiance here than sadness. they're taking this man's 9-year-old niece to be buriey b. israel wants to eliminate hamas's leadership, but that's coming increasing
involved and taking sides, like egypt, friend of hamas, and the united states, which tonight is sending naval vessels offshore in case americans need to get out of there. it has been another day of explosions and air raid sirens. it remains a situation on the edge. we have two reports tonight. our richard engel is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel aviv. >> reporter: good evening, they met on the agenda escalating in gaza and a possible ground invasion. the militants are challenging israel, by firing rockets where they never fired them before. a complete surprise, jerusalem, israel's capital, was attacked for the first time today. this picture on the internet, two rockets fired from gaza fell harmlessly outside the city. tel aviv, too, for the second time in two days in two days, the second time the rocket fell in the sea. hamas showing its back has not been broken. there is no rest for the south, either, even while burying the dead from yesterday's raid that killed three people. mourners went into panic, at yet another siren warning for yet another rocket at
hinted there was a deal. but late today, a spokesperson for hamas, said there would be no cease-fire, at least not tonight. making secretary clinton's job here on the ground even more difficult. secretary of state clinton cut her trip to asia short, diverting to israel to personally help shepherd a possible cease-fire. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> reporter: making her task more difficult, the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with hamas. a group it labels a terrorist organization. so egyptian president mohammed morsi is playing a key role as intermediary. >> the critical challenge is going to be to make sure that everybody understands the commitments that have been made, the same way, so there's no misunderstandings. >> reporter: even with diplomacy in high gear, today was one of the st violence days yet. an israeli soldier was killed. the first since the conflict began. 150 incoming rockets, 30 alone aimed at a southern town. did you run down t
, it does look like israel and hamas are edging closer to war in gaza, a war that neither side wants, but it does appear closer with every hour that passes. terror in israel. there is another one, a soldier screams. more than 200 missiles fired at israel today. and in gaza, despair. burying a child killed in an israeli attack. israel today launched at least 200 attacks against palestinian targets, most of them against stock piles of long-range rockets, trying to eliminate that threat against the israeli citizens. and israel's army is massive along the border, with 30,000 on alert for a possible ground invasion, clear warnings. >> i hope that hamas and the other terror organizations in gaza got the message. if not, israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people. >> reporter: but hamas appears undeterred. they say they shot down this israeli drone and attacked tel aviv. where citizens had a 90-second warning. reported almost disbelievingly on the israeli tv, israel targeted for the first time by the hamas rocket, falling harmlessly into the sea. israel's a
are on the rise after israelis took out the top military commander of hamas in a ferocious attack yesterday. and just this morning, the first israeli fatalities of the renewed conflict, three people killed in rocket fire from the gaza strip. nbc's martin fletcher has the latest now from tel aviv. >> reporter: palestinians in gaza are on the edge of a confrontation which neither side really wants, but that seems to be what's happening. israeli rocket attacks against gaza targeting the militant leaders of hamas are continuing tod today. they also are continue to attack rocket stockpiles from gaza. israel's goal, of course, is to stop, to prevent hamas from attacking israeli citizens with its rockets. there have been about 850 attacks this year, 100 in the last week alone, so that's what israel wants stop. at the same time, hamas has been retaliating today. at least 130 rockets fired from gaza into israeli cities. about 50 of those rockets were intercepted by israel's homemade antimissile defense system, the iron dome, but one did get through. it hit the israeli town and killed three israeli c
the georgaza strip and 95 peopl have been killed. israel says it does not target civilians and blames hamas for using human shields. richard engel reports. >> reporter: hamas is still firing rockets. about 40 today launched from this area in gaza and into israel. the military has the upper hand. israeli drones and ships have been targeting hamas military leaders killing them in their houses and on motorcycles and in their cars. there are civilian casualties. we went to a funeral for 11 people who were killed inside a home when israel targeted the home of the hamas military leader. he was killed in the home. some were many members of his family. there seem to be efforts to achieve a serious cease-fire. >> i hope over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a bases that is sustainable. >> reporter: the egyptian foreign minister is expected to visit gaza tomorrow. a source close to the israeli prime minister he would prefer a diplomatic invasion. here in gaza, people don't know which way it will develop. a full military assault with israeli tanks coming from that direction behind me or the
with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contact with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton, i'm told by white house aide, is neither an acknowledgment that things are close, nor do they feel as if things are stuck. they're hoping her presence, first in israel and then in the west bank meeting with the palestinian authority, then in cairo could nudge along the process to see if they could get to a point of some sort of negotiated ceasefire. as far as the united states is concerned, the spokesperson says what that begins with is hamas stopping the rocket fire into israel and a longer negotiated settlement they hope can be agreed upon. >> chuck todd in cambodia. thank you. as he just mentioned, secretary of state hillary clinton is heading directly from cambodia to israel to try to work out that diplomatic situation to the violent escalations of tensions in gaza. nbc's martin fletcher is live in tel aviv for the latest situation there. good morning to you, martin. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the leaders here, isra
's short term since the leadership of the hamas believes, like osama bin laden and al qaeda in death and destruction. their charter is to destroy israel. it's very difficult to broker a deal with somebody that wants to kill you. they're not changing their charter. the challenge here is how do we make sure that the hamas leadership understands that their motivation should be zero, very negative motivation to try and shoot indiscriminate fire on israeli civilians. >> so how far are you prepared to go? if you're seeing a ceasefire can't be agreed upon if motivation is anything but zero, how far are you prepared to go and are you prepared for the repercussions based on those actions? >> the idea is, unlike the hamas trying to kill civilians and hide behind their own civilians, we are focusing on targeting the leadership. i hope and believe the residents, citizens of gaza will go back to leaders and say do us a favor, stop shooting israel. we need to broker maybe a deal, have some quiet. israel is interested in this. i'm sure most residents of gaza are interested. the leadership of the ha
news out of the middle east. after eight days of rocket blasts, a cease-fire between israel and hamas after secretary of state hillary clinton met with top officials. in cairo, secretary clinton thanked the president personally. the cease-fire is to go into effect right now. in jerusalem, benjamin netanyahu confirmed the deal. this marks israel's guarantee it will not assassinate any leaders of hamas or any other organization. israel and hamas are committed to restoring calm after palestinians and israelis were killed. secretary clinton exercised a durable outcome should follow the cease-fire. >> the people of the region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> now the agreement comes after this bus in tel aviv sent 19 people to hospital after a blast. though no one has come forward to claim responsibility, hamas praised it. >>> there are reports that the fbi is involved in the investigation of hp's debacle. scott mcgrew updates us with the latest. >> good morning. it is the second america
your patience, if you're heading out on the roadways. >>> the cease-fire between israel and hamas is holding. the wing of hamas is declaring it a victory over israel. the eight-day war was the worst cross-border fighting in eight years. they inflicted heavy damage on the militants. but hamas leaders say, israel's decision not to send in ground troops, is a testament to hamas' power. >>> many israelis living near the gaza border does not expect the cease-fire to last. one smashed through the roof of a high school. a teacher returned to the school today to get ready for her students' return. >> to do the right thing in the last 24 hours. you know, you don't think so? >> no. it stays quiet for a few days. and then it will start all over again. >> closest to the border, military units were packing up to leave. there's a lot of people in this region who don't think it will be long before they're back at the boarders. >>> here in the bay area, part of san francisco's beach are closed because of a sewer leak. it began when water was leaking from a manhole on to the beach. the public util
this deal happen and what israel and hamas promised to do. >>> there is peace in the middle east for now. israel and hamas have agreed to a ceasefire. >> janelle wang has the latest developments. she joins us with more from our world tonight. >> reporter: the ceasefire took effect at 11:00 a.m. our time. after seven hours it appears both sides are abiding by the truce. celebrations filled the streets of gaza. no need to hide or run for cover. a truce between hamas and israel to stop fighting. >> the people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence, and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton announced the deal today with egypt's foreign minister. she flew to the region yesterday to help egypt who served as the mediator to broker the truce. israel agreed to stop air strikes against hamas. the palestinian militant group which ruled the gaza strip. israel says it will ease restrictions at the border to allow palestinians and goods to move more freely. in return, hamas will stop la
and israel, with israel expa expanding its air assaults targeting gaza's infrastructure. hamas is firing back with new longer range weapons, reaching jerusalem for the first time. we've got reporters standing by live in tel aviv and gaza. >>> then we'll introduce you to a pretty incredible 9-year-old girl that was left paralyzed by a car accident caused by a drunk driver. she wanted him to understand just how his actions impacted her life. she wrote a very emotional letter that was read at his sentencing. >>> and it's been a year since michelle parker was last seen. she disappeared the same day she appeared on an episode of "the people's court." we'll get an update on where that investigation stands. >>> cheer leading a fun part of many sports in high school, college and pros, but it can be incredibly dangerous as well and that has a lot of parents worried. coming up, the consequences when things go wrong. >>> a bit later, lauren scruggs is going to stop by. it's been nearly a year since she was injured by a spinning propeller. she's doing amazingly well, but it's been a tough road. she'll jo
at least one hamas rocket shot down overnight by israel's anti-missiles system protecting tel aviv as israel launch aes series of strikes in gaza. >>> courageous choice, a miss america contestant makes a bold choice about her health to avoid the breast cancer that took her mother's life. >>> and one-two punch. in a night of upsets, the top two teams in college football both lose, turning the national championship picture on its head and leaving notre dame fighting irish fans with big smiles on their faces today, sunday, november 18th within 2012. ouncer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >>> and i'm lester holt. a lot of talk of ceasefire between israel and hamas, but certainly not happening. the two sides going in opposite directions launching a series of strikes at each other. we'll get a live update from gaza in just a moment. >>> and then the question so many have been asking in the wake of this sex scandal involving david petraeus, what abo
the whole story. >> israel launches a military offensive against hamas and then they start tweeting about it. protests spark right here in the bay area. that's next. >>> developing news in the middle east where it's friday morning. that's the gazza strip. israel says it was cease-fire on gazza by a visit to egypt's prime minister to the region on the condition that militants do the same. israel has been moving closer towards a ground i evaluation towards the hamas-controlled gazza trip. they have mobilized tens of thousands of troops while it continued aerial attacks and for the first time palestinian militants ladies and gentlemen rockets in tel aviv. one hitting the city and the other hitting the outskirts. it has killed 19 palestinians and three israelis. but millions are watching the battleground online. both sides using the internet to fight a separate war aimed at public influence. for the latest, gene has more on the social media warfare, jeanne? >> jessica, we're seeing a lot of anger here in san francisco on the street and anger online as israel and hamas launch a war of words. an e
the top commander of hamas in a tough attack. instantly released on video. our report from martin fletcher in tel aviv >> reporter: here in benghazi, is the military commander of hamas, he was, is, top of israel's hit list for years. accused of being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of israelis. he was killed on the spot. israeli leaders say it is the start of a new offensive, including assassinations against the militant leaders. war planes attacked gaza at least 20 times, killing two more of the drivers on bikes, and two killed here, several injured, including children israel says it had no choice after palestinians in gaza fired at least 100 rockets at israel in the last five days. >> no country would sit by idly and see its civilian population targeted this way. neither will israel. >> reporter: in gaza, they were determined to fire rockets at tel aviv, they say that israel has opened the gates of hell. palestinians have fired rockets at least 13 rockets in israeli towns, no serious damage. israelis warn they could expand the operation, including a ground invasion. and there coul
about the latest accusation. >>> new this morning, a cease-fire announcement between israel and hamas expected at any moment right now. late this morning, hamas officials announcing they reached a truce agreement. nbc's marin martin fletcher has more. >> reporter: with the countdown on the way, the question is what would count first? a ground invasion or a truce? it appears if peace won out for the time being. all indications are it will be within a few hours. the announcement of a truce and end of fighting with israel and hamas and gaza. it could be announced in jerusalem and gaza. there is a slew of arab leaders that will be at the announcement when it takes place. at the same time, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is going to be there. benjamin netanyahu will be there for the announcement. israel will stop rocketing on gaza. the details of the agreement are yet to be negotiated. all will be released later on. it is not clear. in the race between war and ground invasion or peace truce, peace has won out. >>> for men are in fbi custody today. the fbi says the group allegedly p
force responded with more air strikes wiping out a lot of hamas's military arsenal. gaza is densely populated that pinpoint air strikes are affecting the civilian population. 30 palestinians and four israelis are dead. >>> david petraeus was allowed to bypass cameras when he testified before a closed door hearing today. he kept out of sight until he got home. during the hearing he apologized for his affair with paula broadwell and testified that the cia did indeed know immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that attack took the lives of the u.s. ambassador and three others. petraeus says that information was withheld from the general public to not tip out terrorists that u.s. intelligence was on their trail. >>> two co-workers are missing after an oil rig explosion off the coast of louisiana. 11 people were injured on board the platform that happened this morning when a blast of fire ripped through this rig. this is near louisiana not far from the spill of 2010. the company that owns the rig, black elk energy, says no oil has leaked from the platfo
fire. but hamas militants in gaza are still firing rockets into israel, and the palestinian death toll from israeli attacks increases. nbc's stephanie gosk is live this morning in tel aviv for us. stephanie, what can you tell us? >> good morning, veronica. the violence has been intense over the last 24 hours. no sign of it letting up, even as those talks are on going in cairo. so far today, 40 rockets have been launched out of gaza into israel. 33 have fallen. there are no injuries even though two of the rockets, one hit a school and one hit a house, damaging it significantly. the same can't be said on the gaza side. you know, this effort began with the israeli defense forces hitting things like storage facilities and rocket launchers. they've expanded that operation to include the homes of hamas leaders. that has led to a number of civilian casualties, both today and the worst attack on sunday that killed 12 people in one building, a two-story building. ten people from the same family. here in israel, the leadership is saying they will not strike a ceasefire deal until the rockets sto
. witnesses say it was just attacked by an israeli drone. inside this building are the offices of hamas's television station, the second time in two days it has been targeted by israel, and this time there are casualties. as fire trucks put out the flames, word came from a militant who was killed inside. israel has details about the palestinian militants and seems to be ticking off its hit list, but not always with such precision. palestinians today buried 11 people, including children from the same family, and this morning, israel fired here, killing three people. >> in two minutes they destroyed all of these houses. >> reporter: hamas is not saying how many of their militants israel has assassinated in the last couple of days, by the count, it is 40, they still fired, according to the israeli military. more than 130 today, according to the israe military but are these the lack licks before the cease-fire? diplomat efforts are under way in cairo. egypt knows without a truce the conflict could spread throughout the area. both sides have conditions the leader said israel must stop killin
-fire in israel and hamas. some saw and some still see a way to leverage morsi's influence with hamas into jump-starting a middle east peace process that was all but dead. morsi's move to extend authoritarian rule by undercutting the courts complicated matters for the u.s. which still sends roughly $1 billion in aid each year to egypt. in the wake of the power grab u.s. officials issued a cautious statement of concern and a call for calm and there is a lot at stake for morsi and his muslim brotherhood as well, there's billions of dollars in imf funds, most important to the u.s. is continued stability in egypt, that peace treaty some three decades old between israel and egypt, absolutely vital for u.s. and western interests. kate? >> mike viqueira at the white house tonight, thank you. >>> another hot spot the white house is keeping an eye on, the situation in israel and gaza, where a three-day-old cease-fire is still holding tonight. amid the rubble, there are signs life is starting to get back to normal, though there are also lingering worries about how long it will last. we get our report ton
of hope today in the middle east as reports of a truce between israel and hamas, the militant organization that rules the gaza strip. but that hope quickly faded as the region saw some of the heaviest shelling yet. just in the past few hours israel launched an aggressive missile assault on gaza city. they say it's in response to the rocket attacks by hamas. secretary of state hillary clinton cut her asia trip with president obama short to fly to the middle east to help broker a truce. she just wrapped up a meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. later today she'll meet with the palestinian president and then fly to egypt to meet with mohammed morsi. >> the goal must reach legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> right now, no sign that a deal is even close. besides a cease fire, hamas wants some of the restrictions eased at the gaza border. israel is demanding a long-term agreement and says that if a diplomatic solution is not reached, they're ready for a ground war. people in the bay area are closely watching these developments unfold. let
against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern israel. that's where i want to begin this morning. i've got nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and "new york times" columnist tom friedman. who better to have to discuss this. tom, as the two sides get closer to the brink, based on your experience and reporting, where is this going? >> let's just go around the horn, david, quickly. i think hamas is trying to use this moment to both break out of the blockade and try to end targeted killing of its leaders from israel, and trying to take advantage of the new arab spring balance of power, the muslim brotherhood in egypt, to leverage that possibility. israel. israel has been watching for the last six to nine months hamas bringing in longer and longer range missiles from iran. i think they saw this as an opportunity of necessity to take those out, missiles that can now hit tel aviv and jerusalem. egypt. this is a real problem for egypt. you have a new government there that needs money from the united states. they don't want
deadly violence in the middle east overnight between israel and hamas. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in gaza this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt, it is not a good time to be a hamas military leader on the strip. they are being systematically picked off, killed in their homes, in cars, on motorcycles, many have gone into hiding, turning off cell phones, avoiding all usual locations. israel's war to stop hamas' rockets continued. with 100 strikes in the air and from the sea. hamas is still able to launch homemade, iranian made rockets towards southern israel and tel aviv. there were around 40 new launches today. not all are hitting their mark because in israel there's a new national hero, the mobile iron dome defense system, proving to be the most effective of its kind in the world. of the thousand rockets israel says hamas fired in the last six days, about a third have been intercepted by the iron dome. in gaza, there are no air defenses at all, and israel appears to have superb intelligence, locating and destroying individual hamas home
of peace in the middle east, hamas' military wing is claiming victory over israel. what they say proves they won the border conflict. stay with us. >>> in the middle east tonight the military wing of hamas is declaring victory over israel. thousands of supporters celebrated on this first day of calm after this brokered truce by egypt. this was the worst cross-border fighting in eight years. israeli leaders say they achieved their goals and inflicted heavy damage on the militants. hamas said the decision not to send in ground troops was a testament to their power. an arab man was detained for protestanting the bomb that injured 15 people. officials say the investigation is still under way and more arrests are expected. the bombing has raised concerns that palestinian militants are slipping in from the nearby west bank. the israeli army says it will continue to maintain order to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into the community, especially after yesterday's truce. >>> still ahead, tragedy turned into a valuable lesson. friends of a young bay area woman who died in a traffic crash
-fire between israel and hamas, he is now consolidating power. how worry side the administration about it? >> very worried, but they are very, very cautious because he is their new point of leverage really with hamas. he is the future, they thought, of trying to negotiate something and revive the israeli-palestinian talks. and now suddenly he seizes power. he was looking for this opportunity. he is threatened by the judiciary and the other mubarak forces who have, he believes, stopped the constitutional process and stymied that. but for him to do this now, at his point of greatest authority, puts the administration in a bind. and it's unclear how this is going to resolve. >> david brooks, there's a larger strategic question. there's egypt, gaza, syria, iran. there's a president's second term that's got to be dominated by this region. >> i think so. it's the middle east, so there's good news and bad news. the good news is that the obama administration did an excellent job of supporting israel all through this. made israel feel moderate and the arabs feel realistic. the second piece of good
targeting hamas leaders. but civilians also hurt and killed in the explosions. meanwhile, palestinians continue to fire rockets from gaza. officials say both sides are willing to make a deal to end the violence on certain conditions. israel wants the rocket attacks to stop. palestinian militants want israel to lift its 2006 blockade of gaza. [ closing bell ] >>> hopes of a deal on the federal budget drove the stock market to its biggest gain in two months. the dow closed up 207 points today, just shy of the 12,800 mark. now over the weekend, lawmakers suggested signs of progress regarding the impending fiscal cliff. >>> well, if you're flying out of oakland airport for the holidays, you might see some picketers. port workers are going on strike. more than 200 airport and port workers offers oakland are getting ready to walk the picket line. a one-day strike begins tonight at 9:00. members of the service employees international union, including plumber, maintenance workers, custodians and security guards plan to take part. they say they've been without a contract for more than a year, a
from earlier today when we heard a deal was made between israel and hamas, the militant group that rules the gaza strip. but that deal is still being negotiated. secretary of state hillary clinton flew to jerusalem today to help broke they're truce. she met with benjamin netanyahu and also also meet with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this situation is being watched closely by a lot of people here in the bay area. for more on that, let's bring in nbc bay area's jodi hernandez who joins us from emeryville. jodi? >> reporter: raj, there are a lot of folks here in the bay area who have friends and family members either in israel or in the gaza strip. they are very worried by what is happening there. now, we got a taste today of what folks in that area are going through. as you mentioned, it is a region that is still very much under fire tonight. we caught up with the residents of gaza via skype this afternoon. a woman who has been praying for a ceasefire. but judging by the shelling outside her house, it hadn't taken hold yet. >> i was feeling relief when i hear about the c
are waking up to a peaceful morning. a cease-fire was announced today between hamas and israel. live pictures of gaza city. it's a little after 9:00 a.m. they're recovering from 1,500 israeli air strikes while hamas fired over 1,000 rockets towards israel. 100 palestinians and 5 israelis were reportedly killed. >>> and this was the scene earlier today. thousands of people in gaza took to the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. they see it as a political victory. secretary of state hillary clinton helped broker this agreement. experts point out this is a cease-fire and not a peace deal. >> it's a creative way to at least, you know, stop the firing. but it doesn't necessarily solve the larger issue. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence. and today's agreement is a step in the right direction. that we should build on. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu says if the truce does not hold, israel would consider more severe military action against the palestinian territory. >>> here at home, the lawyer of the man charged in a deadly crime spree says his cli
-fire hamas is defiant. >> they won the war. >> reporter: what about beginning the real peace proc s process. >> with hamas forget about it. anything with israel is f forbidd forbidden. what drives them is islam. >> reporter: news of the first testing of the first anti-rocket missile. it was moved up due to the general sense of urgency. officials said it was successful. martin fletcher, tel aviv. >>> firefighters are searching for victims a day after a fire tore through a garment factory in bangladesh killing 112 people. many were unable to escape because they became trapped by flames. fire officials say the building lacked emergency exits. it makes products for walmart and other businesses in the u.s. >>> congress returned from the holidays still facing the fiscal cliff. if a deal can't be reached by january 1st americans will face half a trillion more in taxes next year coupled with a hundred billion dollars in cuts to domestic and defense spending. since the reagan era most republicans have day caretaken promising they won't raise taxes. mike viqueira says there may be flexibility on both
, a leader of hamas is warning that a fragile ceasefire in gaza could flare back into violence if negotiators don't come to agreement quickly. negotiations have to proceed through egyptian messagers because israel and the united states consider hamas a terrorist organization. >>> still ahead here at 5:00, it's a distinction that universities don't want. the bay area school, though, near the top of this dubious list. >>> and a blockbuster acquisition that never was. google tied to a takeover deal the company is now calling a hoax. >>> and a celebration filled with secret information. how sensitive information might have been leaked in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. already a cool night on tap with temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s from san francisco to napa, and santa rosa also about 59. and get ready. a wet week ahead. we're tracking a series of storms to let you know hen the rain arrives, coming up in a few minutes. ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart
and hitting near the commercial capital of tel aviv and jerusalem. hamas targets have hit and fired more than 450 rockets. so far, 20 people have been killed. most of those palestinians. >>> closer to home, marla, nothing short of problematic on capitol hill. david petraeus testifying on capitol hill. the focus is the september attacks on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. the hearing was not open to the public or the media. committee chair peter king said petraeus testified that he, quote, he thought he made it all along he made it clear there was terrorist involvement, unquote when he briefed the committee on september 14th. >> today was that from the start and he told us this was a terrorist attack of the terrorist involvement from the start. i said i had different recollections of that. the overwhelming almost of evidence was that it was a demonstration and not a terrorist attack. >> king also adds there is question right now whether the obama administration changed the initial talking points about what was said publicly about the deadly attacks. >>> another bay area tech company began selling
attacks on hamas. the president is trying to make peace with congressional republicans at home. they have until december 31st to compromise on tax cuts and spending. or risk taking the nation over the fiscal cliff that could imperil the economy. meanwhile, law makers are waging partisan battles over u.n. ambassador susan wright. whether it makes her unfit to serve as secretary of state. hearings, brought david petraeus out of seclusion. he wasn't talking about the sex scandal that is sending shock waves through the capital. for the president, post election trip, but no vocation after a busy week. brian mohr, nbc news, washington. >> in the bay area, a storm headed our way. right now. for the latest. we want to check in with rob. >> we are watching the rain. flig ma flying mainly to the north of the golden gate bridge. north bay. marin. along highway 101. seeing the rain there. back out to the coast. out towards bodega bay. and moderate rain coming in. not quite down to the golden gate or downtown san francisco. within the next hour. we'll see the cyst,000 tell moving on. fairly fast movin
are clear this morning after a cease-fire between israel and hamas went into effect just hours ago. thousands of people in gaza poured into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. nbc's martin fletcher joins us live from tel aviv, israel, with those details. martin, good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. the cease-fire went into effect 9:00 in the evening last night. that's 17 hours ago. and so far, so good. there were two early this morning sirens in the south of israel, warning sirens of rockets. turned out, they were just false alarms, though, so it is holding for the time being. and also, the israeli army has just given orders about an hour or two ago for the first of the army reserve soldiers that it called up for a possible ground invasion of gaza. 30,000 reserve soldiers were called up. the first of those have been given orders now that they can return to their homes and to their jobs, and at the same time, they're keeping others on duty because there's still a great amount of skepticism about whether the cease-fire will hold. they hope that it will, of cour
in a bitter custody battle over 4-year-old nahla. >>> the ceasefire between israel and hamas appears to be holding with both sides declaring victory though tensions remain high in the region as does the level of rhetoric is coming from both sides of the border. nbc's stephanie gosk joins us now live from tel aviv. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. well, our team on the ground in gaza tells us that there was some violence this morning. a 20-year-old was shot and killed by israeli forces on the gaza side of the border. there were ten other teenagers with him who were injured. the israeli defense forces tell us that 300 palestinians sort of tested what they call the buffer zone today at the border between gaza and israel. this is a hundred-foot no-go zone that the idf has been enforcing. they did not, however, say they knew of any deaths. they said their forces shot in the air and when the palestinians did not move back, they then shot at their feet to get them to move back. it threatens this arguably fragile ceasefire that's been in place now for a li
israel and hamas, and while there are no more rockets fired across the border there were shots fired there today. and that has many nervous. nbc's ayman mohyeldin has more tonight. in gaza >> reporter: good evening, brian, 48 hours after it went into effect, a fragile cease-fire is being put into effect. on friday, israeli troops shot and killed a palestinian man, injuring close to 20 others ,the men were protesting along the palestinian side of the gaza-israeli border. the government prohibits them to approach the fence. they are currently investigating what happened. but the zone eats up the palestinian land, critical for the farmers who for years have been unable to work their fields because of israel's restrictions. despite what the palestinians say is a violation of the cease-fire they don't intend to retaliate or escalate the situation. and they are still committed to the success of the truce they will, however, file a complaint with the egyptian government that brokered it, brian? >> ayman mohyeldin, in gaza for us. >>> and back in this country, late news we're following. they
. the truce between israel and hamas was agreed upon on wednesday. leaders from both sides are still working out the details, including lifting the blockade on gaza. >>> still to come at 5:00, he had one of television's most recognizable faces and voices from the 1950s to the '80s. we take a look back at the life of larry hagman. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing a brand new medicare prescription drug plan. it's called the aarp medicarerx saver plus plan from unitedhealthcare. and it's for people who want the lowest part d premium in the united states... only $15 a month. and copays could be as low as a dollar. so call unitedhealthcare now to enroll or learn more. with this plan, you can save 40% or more on your copays by using a preferred network pharmacy, like walgreens. for example, a network copay of $4 becomes a preferred network copay of $1 when you fill your prescription at any of the 8,000 convenient walgreens locations. so call and enroll today. remember, the premium is just $15 a month. don't wait. open enrollment ends december 7th. aarp medicarerx saver plus. call now or visit yo
. ahumidity barack says he is done with politics and won't run in the january election. hamas claims damage to gaza tops well over a billion dollars. this weekend, israeli soldiers and palestinian police stood on opposite sides of the fence keeping the peace. an islamic cleric went so far as to call it a sin to break the truce. >>> meanwhile, the palestinian president mahmoud abbas said sunday he is heading to the united nations this week in hopes of achieving a low level state hood status for his people. >>> rebels in syria are claiming an important victory, saying that they now hold one military base in syria. amateur video posted on a social media website showed rocket propelled grenades being fired during an overnight battle as opposition fighters captured a helicopter base, which is near the capital of damascus. and the government bombing of a village near the capital reportedly killed at least eight children while they were just outside playing. >>> now for a look at your monday weather, we check in now to nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> have a wonderful week snend. >> great holiday
, was hailed as a hero for helping to broker that cease-fire between israel and hamas. well, days later he surprised just about everybody by awarding himself sweeping new powers back home in egypt. that triggered a wave of violence in the streets. it brought crowds and protesters back to the familiar confines of tahrir square. tonight, the president of egypt is embarking on a campaign of damage control. our report from nbc's ayman mohyeldin in cairo. >> reporter: a day of mourning across egypt, in cairo, thousands paid respects to a protester killed by police. and in alexandria, a funeral for the member of the muslim brotherhood, just fifteen years old. both were victims of the riots that broke out after president morsy gave himself sweeping new powers. it ignited a wave of protests among them, and loyal supporters fighting in the streets. the muslim brotherhood were to blame, we elected them, thought they would lift us up, but they threw us to the ground. i will never vote for them again in my life, this woman says, many believe that morsy over-reached, and he moved quickly to oversee the
for the support for the fight against hamas. back to you. >>> strange story. christina loren is back here to tell us it will be wet and you better be ready. >> that's right, jon and marla. make sure i get it right. i get so excited when the storms approach. what i can tell you is, in my two years of meteorology here in the san francisco bay area, i have never seen a run of storms like we're expecting over the next few days. every time i check, we're right on time. you see the storm clouds rolling in to san francisco. still about 24 hours away from significant moisture moving into the south bay. we will see the showers push into the north bay. even san francisco as of 4:00 a.m. we have a lot of rain and wind on the way to the bay area. for today, mostly cloudy skies. 66 in livermore. 64 in santa teresa. you will hit 64 in fremont. the breeze will pick up through tonight. strong winds during the commute tomorrow. the jet stream is taking a significant dip to the south. that opens up the storm window. the jet stream is a conveyer belt that takes the storm system from west to east across the united s
a pinpoint air strike that killed a hamas commander. israel says it's in response to the repeated rocket attacks by palestinian militants in gaza. hamas is already threatening retaliation. >>> anti-abortion laws in ireland are coming under fire after a woman died after being denied procedure. 31-year-old was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to the hospital in october complaining of extreme pain. doctors told her she was having a miss carriage, because of the law they could not perform an abortion if they could still hear the heartbeat. the pain kept getting worse and she died from a blood infection. the incident is sparking protests around the country and top lawmakers are now asking whether the law needs to be changed. raj. >>> an environmental milestone for california with the start of its cap and trade program. they began auction s permits for green house gas emissions and places a cap on business' allowable greenhouse gas emissions and companies can buy or trade allowances giving them the ability to go over their limit. california is expected to have the world's second largest carbon
in the middle east as both israel and hamas launch more aggressive attacks. pal sinnian militants fired off a series of rockets from gaza avenging the death of a top military commander yesterday. the israeli military intercepted many but one reportedly hit an apartment building. another rocket reached just outside of tel aviv causing resident to run for cover. today, israel launched more pinpoint air strikes targeting military installations in gaza. over a dozen palestinians killed in recent days. israel is moving in ground troops. >> no government would tolerate a situation where it nearly a fifth of its people live o under a constant barrage of rocket fire. israel will not tolerate this situation. >> tomorrow egypt's prime minister expected to make an unprecedented visit to gaza to try and bring calm. china, france, russia and australia all spoke out today urging both sides to show restraint. >>> a congressional hearing on the deadly terrorist attack in benghazi began today. republicans fired up over how the obama administration handled the tragedy by first reporting it was sparked by ant
but they appear to be collateral damage. an air strike at a media center today killed a hamas leader but also injured a handful of journalists. and another air strike at a home killed a hamas leader but also most of his family and neighbors. palestinians continue to fire rockets, including one that hit a school in southern israel. fortunately no one was hurt there. >> i very much hope that over the coming days, we can achieve cessation on a basis that is sustainable. >> former british prime minister tony blair met with both palestinian and israeli officials today and u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon is in the region to help negotiate a truce. >>> in afghanistan, president hamid karzai has ordered the shift takeover of bagram prison. the u.s. agreed to hand it over months ago but karzai says the u.s. is dragging its feet. the hold-up? what to do with 50 inmates who have been acquitted in afghan courts but are still detained by the u.s. military. >>> president obama is wrapping up his four-day tour of southeast asia. right now, he's in cambodia attending an east asia summit focusing on trade.
to ramallah, the palestinian authority. of course, no direct talks with hamas. the united states does not deal directly with terrorist organizations. then it's off to cairo and a meet with president morsi because it is the egyptian president that is the liaison if you will in these talks with hamas. the goal here is to create space, buy time to try to see if they can prevent israel from doing a full-fledged ground invasion. seeing if they can get some sort of temporary cease-fire to create room for a more negotiated settlement. shuttle diplomacy is back. >> what about the risk/reward. if she accomplishes something, then that's a great feather in her cap and the administration's. but if she doesn't, does she come off as being ineffective? >> well, there is a risk to this. i talked to the white house aides. i said, look, are you sendinger in because you think there's something precooked that they have a possibility of basically pushing this over the finish line, getting it done and they admitted they're not there. they do feel as if it is needed to sort of nudge things along. you are right, poli
's still around, the israelis took out the head of hamas today. then john mccain said if the president puts up his u.n. ambassador, susan rice, to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state she will be blocked, they'll do everything in their power that's where the president today almost conjuring the wording of aaron sorkin from the movie "american president" as will be pointed out all day really decided throwdown. >> this is president andrew shepherd coming through in the east room of the white house. this was president obama saying if nyou want to pick a fight, yu come after me, john mccain and lindsey graham. don't come after susan rice. it was dramatic. he is angry. they feel susan rice is being unfairly blamed, that she was working off of talking points from the intelligence community. >> this just in from lindsey graham, mr. president, don't think for one minute i don't hold you ultimately responsible for benghazi. i think you failed as commander in chief before, during and after the attack. so this is beginning to keep going. >> so much for the honeymoon. >> yes. the president got
the palestinian militant group hamas and israel. israel will also consider easing border movement for palestinians. experts point out this is a ceasefire, not a peace deal. >> it is a creative way to at least stop the firing, but it doesn't necessarily solve the larger issue. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence. and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu says if the truce does not hold, israel would consider more severe military action against the palestinian territory. >>> still to come at 5:00, he says he did it, but that's not all. the man accused of breaking into steve jobs' home has a message for his widow. >>> and it's not a prank. turkeys are on the loose in the south bay. we'll show you the effort to get them under control. >>> also -- >> preparations are under way to feed 1200 people here at don giovanni's restaurant in mountain view. i'm marianne favro. i'll show howe you how people in the bay area plan to give back this thanksgiving holiday. >>> and good afternoon. i'm j
between israel and hamas appears to be holding. eamon, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. well, for the first time in nine days, we're not hearing the sounds of israeli drones or fighter jets above us. we're not hearing any air strikes. ordinary palestinians are going about their business. shops are reopening. the question on everyone's mind, though, will this cease-fire last? >> on the streets of gaza, celebration and joy late into the night. days of intense negotiations finally leading to a fragile but critical cease-fire. >> we're at the hold, the rocket attacks must end, a broader calm return. this is a critical moment for the region. >> but the nighttime celebrations gave way to gaza's daytime realities. families sent up mourning tents to receive condolences. officials here say more than 160 palestinians were killed. for thousands of palestinians, the calm gave them a chance to return to their abandoned homes for the first time in days when israel dropped leaflets warning them to evacuate the area, he did. in the last attack on gaza, his brother was killed and their
were surging toward a border fence. one man is dead. nine others are hurt. a hamas leader says today's violence will have no effect on the ceasefire that took effect on wednesday. peace talks remain under way in gaza. leaders are negotiating the next phase of the truce. it includes lifting restrictions along the boarder to allow palestinians and goods to travel more freely. >>> its first day of the holiday shopping season, and black friday appeared to put investors in a buying mood. trading finished early today and the dow jumped 173 points, closing above 13,000. that's the highest close since election day. the nasdaq jumped 30 points. and it's not just black friday shoppers that set the mood. traders were also encouraged by economic signals out of germany and china. >>> bay area shoppers definitely in the buying mood this black friday, starting actually last night. our business and tech reporter scott budman just got back from the mall. scott, lots of discounts for those brave enough to shop today. >> lots of talk this year about how tech products are leading the way when it comes t
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